House inspection

I had my annual house inspection yesterday. This is required for all rental property within Riverdale to make sure that landlords are not forcing their tenants to live in slums, I suppose. I have a terrific landlord so there was no question of that with my house.

I am always amused at what they “find” and don’t find from year to year. Last year I was required to get a fire extinguisher. This year, it was never checked. Last year, the two smoke detectors I have were adequate. This year, they want me to add a third.

I will say, however, that the woman who did the inspection was very nice and punctual. They only do inspections until 5 PM, but because of my schedule, she agreed to come by right at 5 PM and do the inspection then (when she should have been on her way home from work). It was very kind of her to do that and I really appreciated it. Even so, I had to rush home from work. I gave a presentation at 3 PM that got started late, naturally, and that went longer than I had planned.

But I made it.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.